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March 2023

Woolon 2023 [Wed, 1 March 2023]

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WoolOn Awards, 2023.

WoolOn is one of New Zealand’s iconic fashion events, encouraging both new and experienced designers to create visual, wearable pieces using New Zealand's most sustainable wool fibres. The wool fibre definition has been expanded to include alpaca, cashmere, angora goat and mohair along with the traditional sheep.

This year thinking about the current economic situation and the time and expense of creating these magnificent pieces WoolOn has decided any entry that has been shown in another competition prior to entering WoolOn is eligible for entry into the WoolOn Creative Fashion Awards provided it has not won the same category entered or overall.

There has also been an update to the Categories and Awards for the 2023 event.

This year organisers are welcoming entries from the following categories: 


  • Streetwear - A versatile daytime outfit with strong directional modern looks.

  • Avant-Garde - A garment that delights in the unconventional and unexpected.

  • Special Occasion - A glamorous outfit for formal occasions or special events.

  • Collections - Three complete cohesive looks with a common design theme.

  • Felted - Utilising techniques to highlight felts uniqueness and versatility.

  • Toi Tu ki Uruuruwhenua - Draw inspiration from culture across Aotearoa.

  • Hand-Crafted - Innovative use of hand-crafted techniques including knitted, crocheted, woven, needlepoint.

  • Accessories - Design and hand-crafted shoes, jewellery, scarves, wraps/ capes or headwear.

  • Knitwear - A garment created through, machine knit, hand machine knit or hand needle knit.

  • Sustainable Wool - Use pre-loved wool to forge new ground that’s innovative and fashion-forward.



  • Novice

  • Technique Award

  • Menswear Award

  • People's Choice Award

  • U23 Emerging Designer Award

  • School Designer Award

  • Supreme Award

All categories include both male and female design.

Prizes: Supreme Winner $5,000 prize package, Runner-up $2,500 prize package, Second Runner-up $1,500 prize package.


To enter, download and complete the entry forms from and return them via email to [email protected]

Form A & B to be emailed in by 3rd May 2023.

Form C to be emailed to [email protected] and one copy must be sent with completed garments to be received by 16th July 2023.

For any queries please contact our WoolOn Designer Liaison team leader Jamie Richards at [email protected].